César Dezfuli


BriefCASE is a selection of limited editioned photographs by CASE photographers. Chosen images are only available for purchase through CASE in the size designated, with 50% of the proceeds donated to an organization chosen by the artist, 25% going back to the photographer, and 25% going to CASE for production and operational expenses.

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Amadou [16] Mali / Alpha [17] Guinea K / Musa [18] 2016

12 3/4 x 37 3/4"pigment print

Ed. of 10 + 5APs

$ 2400


Cesar Dezfuli [b. 1991, Madrid, Spain] focuses on investigative reports that deal with humanitarian issues, international politics and anthropological research. On 1st August 2016, 118 people were rescued from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautical miles far from the Libyan coast. Just one of the hundreds of boats that have been rescued from this migratory route in the past few years. In 2016, 181,436 migrants were rescued safe, while 4576 lost their lives at sea. But who is behind these numbers? What is the identity of the victims and survivors? In an attempt to put a name and face to this reality, to humanize this tragedy, Cesar Dezfuli photographed all 118 people who traveled on that boat, minutes after their rescue, once they were on the rescue vessel Luventa. Their faces, eyes, clothing or absence of it, reflect their mood and physical state, at a moment that forever changed their lives. Documenting these survivors brings the migration issue closer to those who only observe it from a distance.

Proceeds donated to The Alarm Phone, The Alarm Phone offers the affected boat-people a second option to make their SOS noticeable. The alarm documents and mobilizes in real-time. In this way, pressure to rescue is built-up, wherever possible. Additionally, in this way pushbacks of refugees and migrants could be stopped. 

The Alarm Phone,

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